Trees without leaves, against the cloudy sky
thin places no. 2
for symphonic wind ensemble - 2012, ca 20 minutes
excerpt 1: peaceful, wandering
excerpt 3: expansive and triumphant
excerpt 2: marching and angry
excerpt 4: resolved, soft piccolos
instrumentation - symphonic wind ensemble
4Fl(1-3dPc,4dAfl), 4Ob, 4Cl(1=Ef,4=Bcl), 4Bsn(4=Cbsn), Sax quartet (sop, al, ten, bar). 4Hn, 4Trp, 4Tbn, Euph, Tuba. Db, Timp+4Perc, Hp, Pno/Cel.
click below to see score
In the fall, winter, and spring, I see the bare trees silhouetted against the grey sky.
The branches endlessly crisscross - always changing their pattern in the wind upon the soft, calming clouds.
Beyond them is something else: A mystery. An unknowable place.
It is ancient and distant - a realm I imagine myself going to when things move too fast and loud.
When the light breaks through, I can almost see it.